Foster Auditorium

​Alabama seeks revenge against Tennessee-Martin

One year ago, the University of Tennesee at Martin came to Tuscaloosa and beat the Alabama women’s basketball team by 18 points in a 75-57 win. This year, UT-Martin will be coming to face a much-improved 6-3 Crimson Tide under second-year coach Kristy Curry. Alabama will fight for revenge Thursday at 6 p.m. in Foster Auditorium.

Alabama falls to No. 7 Duke 90-40

The No. 7 Duke Blue Devils came into Foster Auditorium Sunday night and quieted a “white-out” crowd. The Alabama women’s basketball team fell behind 22-2 at the beginning of the game and never came back. Duke dominated 90-40.

Natalie Murison adapts to team

Volleyball is in Natalie Murison's blood. The Woodridge, Illinois, native began playing the sport around the third grade, following in the footsteps of her older sister.While her sister went on to play volleyball at Seton Hall, Murison found herself at Alabama, where she is one of four new players earning significant court time for the Crimson Tide.

Board to approve Foster plaza design

UA President Robert Witt has said he wanted a memorial plaza to recognize all of Foster Auditorium’s history, rather than focusing only on the 1963 “Stand in the Schoolhouse Door” speech and the University’s integration. But a UA planner said Wednesday that as they received feedback from the community, many respondents said they thought including plaques about concerts and basketball games took away from the history of a key moment in the civil rights movement that happened there. “People felt like if the plaza was going to commemorate the Stand, then remembering concerts along with it would take away from the impact,” said Dan Wolfe, University planner. Today, the physical properties committee of the UA System Board of Trustees will approve the final design of the Malone Hood Plaza at Foster Auditorium, which will serve as an entrance to Foster as well as a commemoration of the building’s history. Wolfe said the design will include the 40-foot Autherine Lucy clock tower at the center of the plaza with plaques around the base to tell the history of the Stand, the integration, Autherine Lucy Foster, Vivian Malone Jones and James Hood. Foster was the first black student to be admitted to the University in 1956, but was later expelled over safety concerns by UA officials.

AKA march to Foster for awareness

A few drops of rain were not going to stop the Alpha Kappa Alphas from celebrating the integration into the University Tuesday night as they marched on from the steps of Gorgas Library to Foster Auditorium. “It begins with you,” said Brenda Elliot, assistant director of athletics academic programs. The Theta Sigma Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. paid homage to James Hood and Vivian Malone, the University’s first black students, for paving the way for minority students to attend the University with the “March to the School House Doors” event. Singing “We Shall Overcome ” to the doors of Foster, a large group of students formed inside for the forum to discuss the issues of Foster Auditorium and the issues that minority students face on campus. After viewing “Segregation’s Last Stand,” a video discussing the history behind Foster and what significance it has on the University, the floor was opened for discussion.